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Domestic Electrical Wiring Systems (Replacement)

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest assessment of the national cost of replacing by a staged programme the potentially dangerous pre-1935 domestic electrical wiring systems currently in use throughout the United Kingdom; if he has circulated local authorities about the need for such replacement; and if he has reconsidered the possible funding of such an operation.

I have no specific information about the proportion of the pre-1935 housing stock which still has its original electric wiring. I would not think it necessary to circulate local authorities about the need to replace worn-out electrical installations, and I have not done so. Within their own housing stock local authorities may fund such work from their general housing expenditure allocations. I have no plans for any nationally funded general replacement programme.